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Re: “What We Can Learn About Saving the Planet from Watching the Birds

Sorry...you lost me as soon as I saw the words "birders" and "birding".
If I wanted to hear that elitist stuff, I would have called my yupster sister.
The birds are over here. You are over there, watching them.
Hence..."bird-watching"...yawn....zzzzzzzzzzzzz...

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/22/2017 at 1:33 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

As someone else once said, "It's the economy, stupid..." Outside Yupsterville enclaves, folks are hurting. If you don't have a job, or have a shitty one that pays bupkis, the Indians become low-priority in your life.

It's a different world now. The days of being on unemployment and still having enough money to go to 53 games in a single season are gone. Long gone. No more four-dollar bleacher tickets and three-dollar beers and one-dollar Smokie Links. That was Wrigley in the lightless days of the early Eighties...the Reagan Era. Ancient history.Thank you, MisterDead President..

The Tribe tore out thousands of seats to create a foodie paradise, and a bar-like atmosphere for Millennials who would rather stand and schmooze and text and tweet than watch the game. Baseball isn't an essential for that crowd...they grew up playing soccer and they aren't die-hards. So that marketing plan failed. Thank you, Suits.

And the Boomer die-hard geezers are retired and are actually beginning to die off, so they are going less and less. Can't go if you are sick...or dead.

Kids and young adults just aren't into the sport the way they were even twenty years ago, let alone forty or fifty years ago. So MLB has problems attracting new blood to many struggling franchises. This will spell trouble down the road. They will try to speed up the game and add bells and whistles to make it "cool". Good luck with that noise. They will destroy baseball in order to save it.

If you can bring in food and water, then why do they do the TSA number at every game I go to? Most ballparks do not allow outside stuff, and enforce the ban strictly. it's in their "fan guides"...I have been to 19 or 20 parks myself, though many of them are now history and nearly all of them are (and were) in the Midwest...including all three in Chicago and all three in Minnesota. Things are not as loose as they used to be. Thank you, Mister Terrorist Shooter.

I don't worry about parking. I let RTA transport me there on the train. We are now one of the few cities where you have that option. Living in Chicago for almost two-thirds of my life, I got spoiled. early. I had to drive to games when I first moved here in the early Nineties, as the Rapid service stopped after 9 PM until The Jake opened. I am so glad I don't need to drive to games anymore. Thank you, RTA.

Nobody has money for games because there is still a lot of suffering here., despite all the "comeback" hype and gentrification. That's why there are so many fans disguised as empty seats, all season long. Unemployment is higher than in most other MLB cities. That's why you see fewer and fewer black faces. Also...because there are so few black players left.

The playoffs are irrelevant...it's the wealthy and the affluent suburbanites and the corporate greedheads whose asses are in the seats in October. Whole different ballgame in the post-season.

It's an embarrassment that a franchise which almost made history (after 68 years of futility) is at the bottom of the attendance stats. Maybe I'm totally "off base"...but I worked for the organization in the last days of the Stadium and the first days of the Jake...and those days...and especially the days of six straight years of sellouts...seem like a distant dream. Did we really do that? How? The economy was not so great here in those days, too. It's a puzzlement, all right.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/19/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

I agree about St. Louis being a hot baseball town. It was just one example. We're still 26th. though. I agree that Cleveland is a bandwagon town. This is an exciting team that made it to the World Series and is in 1st place. I would love to see higher attendance. I agree that people can watch on television, but they can do that in any city. I don't think the St. Louis economy is bustling all that hard. In St. Louis, people also have living expenses. But again, we're 26th. Our ranking has barely increased after making the World Series. Indians games are some cheap ass entertainment. I guess not compared to sitting at home, but as far as going out and paying for something, it's pretty cheap.

District tickets are always $13 and upper deck tickets are often $13 or sometimes less. District tickets come with $4 loaded value. Tickets can be found online even cheaper for the less desired games like on weeknights.

I don't see why you need to buy merchandise to go to an Indians game. I would guess the majority of the people that attend games do not buy merchandise every game.

One can bring any food they want into a game and even a bottle of water. You don't really have to drink beer, but if you really need to get your alcohol on to enjoy yourself, there are ways to get it in if you use your head a little bit.

Parking is among the cheapest I have seen. I have been to 20+ ballparks. There are shuttles from places like Great Lakes Brewery and $5 parking is easy to score, and even cheaper parking than that can be found.

In my opinion, like you said, Clevelanders are bandwagoners, and that is the issue. I don't buy the excuses. The Indians bend over backwards to try to accommodate all of the ridiculous excuses. Currently, the not spending money and bad team excuses don't work. It's not expensive to go to an Indians game. No one has money for games, but the more expensive playoff games always sell out. Hmm...

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Posted by BrianWilson on 07/18/2017 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Back Stabbers

So sad to hear all of this...I hope y'all can work it out for the sake of his memory...I loved his music...Thank you William Powell...May you R.I.P..

Posted by Glenda Powell Smallwood on 07/18/2017 at 3:08 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

It may be a smaller market, but it's been the hottest baseball town in the country for a long, long time...and consistently outdraws much larger cities in the Midwest and on both coasts.

Cleveland's problems are many...it's a bandwagon town...people don't jump on board unless the Tribe is a consistent winner. Some people still haven't gotten the message that downtown is no longer an urban jungle, and are afraid to leave their suburban couches.

And then there's the local economy...some people just can't afford to go in person anymore,because they need to do other things...like pay for food, gas, utilities, medicine, and rent. Others are just priced out...tickets and parking and food and beer and merch really add up fast...and watching on cable is cheaper and more comfortable.

Cleveland and St. Louis are like apples and oranges...they are both fruit and both round...but then the comparison stops.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/18/2017 at 12:52 AM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

"Cleveland fans have held up their end of the bargain"

If this year's attendance is holding up the bargain, we're in trouble. Attendance is only good on a few select Friday and Saturday night games in mid-summer with fireworks and giveaways.

The Indians are 26/30 in MLB in attendance. That's pathetic for a team that was in the World Series last year. St. Louis, a smaller market, is averaging 7,000 more than the current capacity of Progressive Field.

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Posted by BrianWilson on 07/16/2017 at 1:21 PM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

Hey, have you heard Jason Kipnis is from Chicago?

If you watched any of the [World Series] games last year, they must have said it a hundred times.

Hey, have you heard that Jason Kipnis is half-Jewish?

If you followed baseball online last year, it was all over the interwebs.

Jewish ballplayers , at least at the major league level, have always been as rare as snow in May. That has been true for 150 years.

So when SCENE runs a cover photo of Kipnis wearing a crucifix (as opposed to the image that ran on Page 13 and also on this site,) it only makes sense to fully expect that somewhere in the interview there'd be a mention of the fact that he was raised Jewish in the heavily Jewish Chicago suburb of Northbrook (where "The Breakfast Club" was filmed in the Eighties), and that he converted to Catholicism in his late teens. Technically, one must be born of a Jewish mother to be considered Jewish...only his father was--which doesn't "count" (Hey, I didn't make the "rules"...or make that up).

But that didn't stop the media from talking about the latest "Jewish ballplayer" to star in the majors. You'd think SCENE would want to get his opinions on being considered the latest "Hebrew Hammer" (as previous Jewish ballplayers have been tagged)...especially when it isn't so...hence the prominent cross. Instead...not a peep. Frankly, I was disappointed.

And as for the reaction to negativity on social media...and in public...a "Fuck off!" is a rather piss-poor response from someone of celebratory stature. When one is at the top of his profession, a member of the one per cent, and consistently in the spotlight (and under a magnifying glass), a thick skin has to come with the territory.

Ask LeBron and any number of other professional athletes. In any sport. Replies are a waste of time and keystrokes. Gotta let it slide, man! (not dude...or bro...I'm old...)

Looking at the screen constantly, and reading every response, and responding to negativity with further negativity, might have caused those neck spasms. And a case of rabbit ears...or whatever the hell you call getting upset from all those annoying tweets...by all those twats.

But, hey, even after six seasons, he's still pretty young...thirty. So he gets a pass.

And in another twenty or thirty years, he'll look back nostalgically...and laugh about it all the way home..

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 07/13/2017 at 10:21 PM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

Well written, informative, good insight into Kipnis and the way he thinks! I think Kipnis had the worst post WS time because of where he lives off-season. For that, I am truly sorry he felt trapped, it had to be difficult. I hope that the season goes better than expected and we are playing baseball until late in October! Go Tribe-We Believe!

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Posted by Regina Herron Hughes on 07/12/2017 at 6:19 PM
Posted by Greg Vovos on 07/12/2017 at 4:24 PM

Re: “At the All-Star break, a Conversation With Jason Kipnis on the Team's Struggles, His Struggles, and How They Can Get Back to the World Series

Minnesota and Kansas City apparently did not believe the Hot Stove League memo that a World Series rematch between Cleveland and the Cubs was a sure bet.....and the Central was not supposed to yield any tangible division derby for October.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 07/12/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “The Advocate: Linda Johanek on the Progress Against Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and What Still Remains to be Done

Hi my name is amber. Our family is going thru a lot right now. our baby nephew who was a premier and 3 months old was just beat and shaken so bad he had a break bleed and broken ribs .they had to take some of his skull off to to release the pressure.it took the cops a week to arrest the POS WHO DID THIS WHICH WAS HIS OWN FATHET.the mother says she did not know but all will come to light. She had to have known. Why cuz she told people what he was doing and she is not in JAIL!! Our case had not even been on the news . we need help we need to get this on the news this is tragic and needs to get the nationwide attention little baby deserves!!#JUSTICEFORJORDAN & to bring back national attention to all children that get abused everyday. I need help and don't even know where to start.

Posted by Amber Grifa on 06/28/2017 at 8:21 AM

Re: “What We Can Learn About Saving the Planet from Watching the Birds

Kind of very national geographic for Scene!

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Posted by aglazen on 06/21/2017 at 9:25 PM

Re: “What We Can Learn About Saving the Planet from Watching the Birds

Mother Nature is resilient - if provided a fighting chance - but she needs OUR help every day.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 06/21/2017 at 2:49 PM

Re: “The Fall and Rise of Machine Gun Kelly

call me kelly,I GOT THE MESSAGE.740 503 8500.god will give you my name so I'll know it's you

Posted by lit on 05/31/2017 at 8:13 AM

Re: “Three Northeast Ohio Mothers Recount the Pain of Giving Their Children Up for Adoption, and the Journey Toward Reunion Many Years Later

Daughter. Son. These are daughters and sons of the people who brought them into this world--and if biology doesn't matter, all I have to say is that biology is the only reason anyone can ever adopt a child, so maybe you better start caring about it more. And "birth mother's day"? NO. THESE ARE MOTHERS. Sorry that threatens you somehow. No I'm not. Not sorry at all.

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Posted by dana74 on 05/10/2017 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Cleveland's Infant Mortality Rate, Especially Among African-Americans, Ranks As Poorly as Third World Nations. Christin Farmer and Her Team are Working to Change That

America has a higher infant mortality rate than Canada. We're falling behind in most all aspects. Maybe it's because we have the highest health care costs in the world. Doctors are just creating customers not cures.

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Posted by Pootie on 05/10/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “A Bright, Shining Myth

claybo!

Posted by Renna on 05/07/2017 at 3:16 PM

Re: “The Cozy Relationship Between Cleveland.com Editor Chris Quinn and Mayor Frank Jackson, And What It Means For Coverage of City Hall

I can't recognize the PD as the newspaper I read when I first moved here, almost 20 years ago. There is a crying need for real investigative journalism, and while the Scene does some exemplary pieces, it cannot offer the blanket coverage a daily paper is meant to.

There are other papers in the area -- Call & Post, for one. Or maybe a start up is needed.

I would pay to help support a collection of investigative reporters for NE Ohio, because corruption is killing this area. There are likely thousands more just like me.

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Posted by Madeline on 04/07/2017 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The Fall and Rise of Machine Gun Kelly

ILU SO FUCKING MUCH dude. I live two mins where u were livin', wish I could see u around here somewhere one day, keep doin what ur doin, ur the best fucking rapper out there. U don't need biological family to make u happy Kells, u got family everywhere. ESP out here. EST4LIFE BABY, LACE TF UP<3CLEVELAND<3OHIO<3

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Posted by CLEVELANDISTHECITY on 03/31/2017 at 2:53 PM

Re: “The Cozy Relationship Between Cleveland.com Editor Chris Quinn and Mayor Frank Jackson, And What It Means For Coverage of City Hall

But on second thought, Karen Farkas is just a soldier doing the bidding of her superiors. So I suppose I shouldn't hold it totally against her for just blindly following her marching orders.

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Posted by Luke Wi on 03/31/2017 at 2:17 AM

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